Manufacturing & Construction


Manufacturing & Construction have one thing in common and that is both thes sectors meet the challenge of intense labour involvement. The risk to human life involved, their social protection and protection to local environment is common to both the sectors. This gives birth to remaining two pillars of sustainability apart from finance & economy.

An extensive comparison of manufacturing & construction sector describes basic functional similarities; showing similar problems faced by both sectors and classifies the solutions being applied in the field of sustainability.

A considerable difference between manufacturing & construction is that a manufacturer uses different machineries and other equipment in process while in construction site workers typically work with handheld tools. Manufacturing plants normally maintain updated machines and other equipment that optimises production quality & efficiency. Construction workers require hand tools supplies that are not only modern, but also in good condition to optimise the efforts of manual workers. The workplace risk differs accordingly and specific solution varies in accordance with the types of process and equipment.

The local environment gets affected by both thes sectors with emergence of dust, construction debris, noxious fumes, dumping of waste materials, destruction of fertile land and contamination of water bodies.

The land acquisition and functioning of these sectors at project level requires community and stakeholders management programme like stakeholders mapping, stakeholders engagement along with environmental programme.


Key Challenges


The key challenges are implementation of management system in the sectors, where a large section of labour with rural background and little idea about industry comes for unskilled or semiskilled jobs.


Key Sustainability Initiatives in Manufacturing & Construction


ISO14001:2015: ISO 14001:2015 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account, legal requirements & other requirements to which the organisation subscribes and information about significant environmental aspects.

International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard: IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards define IFC clients’ responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks. It applies to all the investment and advisory clients of IFC. It can be adopted as EHS and social guideline to achieve good international industry practices.

OHSAS 18001:2007: The OHSAS 18001:2007 standard (may also be mistakenly referred to as ISO 18001) is internationally accepted occupational health and safety management systems. Developed by leading trade and international standards bodies, it provides a framework for organisations to initiate effective management of health & safety in the workplace and assessing & auditing.
SA8000: SA8000 is an auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces across all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN & national law and spans industry & corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance.

Others: ILO Guidelines, Ministry of Labour Standards, IS14489, Factories Act and Rules, Building and other construction workers Act and Rules


Areas where Consultivo can help


We help industries to manage their sustainability risks, to change and to inculcate continual improvement in line with the national laws as well as International codes and standards. We work together with leading companies and others to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.

• Providing strategic advice for sustainable mining through development of strategy, policy, framework, codes, standards and guidelines
• Sustainability management & reporting
• Occupational Health & Safety services
• Energy, climate change & water impact studies, reporting, assessment & recommendations
• Biodiversity mapping & stakeholder’s mapping
• Human rights, social accountability, community relations, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R), and stakeholder engagement
• Development of management systems like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, SA 8000, etc.
• Partnering with companies in their journey for responsible mining

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